If you’re like most parents, you feel like your kids never listen. In actuality, they are absorbing far more than we give them credit for. This is why you should take advantage of audio storytellers! I have found that my kids are more willing to listen at bedtime, but not necessarily to me. Audio storytellers are a fun bedtime story option that most kids are willing to try. Let’s talk about why audio storytellers are great for kids.
What are Audio Storytellers?
Basically, audio storytellers are audio books. Audiobooks are readings of books which have been recorded on CD, mp3 files, the Google Play store, or Amazon, and these are just a few of the options. Anywhere that audio files can be shared is somewhere you can access audio storytellers.
Why are Audio Storytellers Good for Kids?
Audiobooks are good for kids, especially those who are learning to read or struggling to read. An audio storyteller reads a book in a properly paced manner, with good intonation. It lets kids hear how good reading should sound. The more kids listen to good reading, the more likely they are to transfer that into their own reading.
What’s the Best Way to Use Audio Storytellers?
The very best way to have kids listen to an audio storyteller is to have them read along with a hard copy of the book they’re listening to. As they follow along with their eyes, the combined audio and visual experience gives them a ton of reading support! If they see a word they don’t know, the audio storyteller shows them how it is pronounced. They hear and see how punctuation is used, and most of all, they get to listen to a great story.
Where to Find Audio Storytellers for Kids?
Here’s a list of different options for audiobooks kids will love. Check out the following sites:
- Scholastic is an obvious place to buy books on CD. There are hundreds of options!
- At All You Can Books, download as many children’s books as you want, free for 30 days. They work on a wide array of devices.
- Check out Audible for kids, where you’ll find recommended books listed by age range.
- Barnes & Noble has literally thousands of audiobook selections for kids. There’s sure to be a wide variety of books your kids will enjoy listening to.
Of course, parents are the best storytellers for their kids, but for all those times your kids would otherwise be staring at an electronic device, an audio storyteller is a much better option!